Hon. and the trained woman will know that we have been successful since we included these clauses in the bill by signing any number of trade agreements with other countries. This is because the UK`s reputation remains high. I welcome this proposal and I am pleased to be back in the Chamber. We should not be partisan on this issue and I have said many times that we should pay tribute where it is due. We have strong debates and disagreements in this House, but it is important that we always recognise the enormous time and energy that the minister, the entire Foreign Office and our diplomatic staff have invested in Brexit. I thank you for that. Other important issues, such as cooperation in the areas of security and terrorism, education and science, are likely to remain in the air unless detailed agreement is reached on future EU-UK relations. My friend is never wrong, and he is right. In the withdrawal agreement and in the protocol, we accept the acquis in a number of areas in Northern Ireland. This is part of the withdrawal agreement signed before the general elections and which many Members of this House have supported, although not all of them. It was also in the Conservative manifesto. Of course, there have been understandable concerns that the way the protocol is applied would mean that we would face tariffs and other restrictions.
The agreement we have reached means that it will not be the case. The UK will withdraw and Northern Ireland will be able to benefit from trade deals that we conclude as a result of Brexit; it will also be outside the Common Agricultural Policy and will benefit from the points-based immigration system on the Australian model, which applies to the whole of the United Kingdom. Violating the law, bending the truth and acting in bad faith are not words that should associate a modern democracy, and yet we are debating here the action of the British government, which is doing just that. The withdrawal agreement was signed less than a year ago. Implementation of the provisions of the Internal Market Act will make the legislature offenders. It will damage the UK`s image and credibility at the international level and will take legal action before the European Court of Justice, while potential trading partners and future signatories could see negotiations under a cloud of mistrust.